- a movable tower used in ancient warfare for attacking walled positions
- a bell tower, esp. one that is part of a building, placed at the top
- the part of a tower or steeple that holds the bell or bells
Origin of belfryMiddle English belfrei, altered by associated, association with belle ( bell) from berfrai from Old French berfroi from Old High German bergfrid, literally , protector of peace from bergen, to protect (see bury) + frid, peace
- A bell tower, especially one attached to a building.
- The part of a tower or steeple in which bells are hung.
Origin of belfryMiddle English belfrei from Old North French belfroi alteration of Old French berfrei, berfroi ; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (dialectal) A shed.
- (architecture) A tower or steeple specifically for containing bells, especially as part of a church.
- (architecture) A part of a large tower or steeple, specifically for containing bells.